By Jonathan Davies

British businessman Shrien Dewani has been cleared of any involvement in the murder of his wide Anni during their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

In Cape Town, Judge Jeanette Traverso said the evidence provided by the prosecution was "far below the threshold" required on which to base a conviction.

In particular, the evidence of key witness and taxi driver Zola Tongo was described as "riddled with contradictions" and "highly debatable" by the judge.

Announcing her ruling, the judge said: "The accused is found not guilty of this charge."

Mr Dewani will now be released and is expected to return to the UK today (Monday).


Mr Dewani has always denied all and any involvement with the murder of his wife.

Shrien and Anni were in South Africa on their honeymoon in November 2010 when Anni was found shot dead in the back of a taxi after the couple's late-night tour of a township was hijacked.

Mr Dewani was accused of arranging his wife's murder in an attempt to get out of the relationship, including further allegations over his sexuality.

Zola Tongo is serving an 18-year sentence for his part in Anni's murder. And one of his accomplices Mziwamadoda Qwabe is serving a 25-year sentence. The other accomplice, Xolile Mngeni, was serving a life sentence before he died of a brain tumour in prison.

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